Poe's Detective Mysteries Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Poe's Detective Mysteries
A comparison of Edgar Allan Poe's detective works "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget".
# 116173 | 1,234 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2009 in Literature (American) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper focuses on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget", which are among the first modern detective mystery stories. The paper shows how Poe introduced the idea of a fictional detective investigating a real-life unsolved murder and compares the beginnings of both stories. The paper highlights Poe's literary devices in both works, which include the depiction of police as incompetent and self-serving, his use of newspapers to narrate the story, and his use of the gothic genre. The suggestion is made that some of these similarities between the two works may be the result of being written so close together, since "The Purloined Letter", which was written several years afterwards, is a very different detective story.

From the Paper:

"Mystery or detective stories form an increasingly popular genre: from novels about pathologists, private eyes and police detectives, to eccentrics like Nero Wolfe; and from the hard-boiled, and unwilling detective Easy Rawlins to the old-fashioned English settings of Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple, there is a story and a genre to satisfy anyway. For over a hundred and fifty years, the detective fiction has kept generations of readers entertained, and the person credited with introducing the detective to modern fiction is Edgar Allen Poe."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bergler, Edmund "Mystery Fans and the Problem of 'Potential Murderers' in Winn, Dilys (ed) Murder Ink: The Mystery Reader's Companion Workman Publishing Company Inc (1997)
  • Ousby, Ian The Crime and Mystery Book Thames and Hudson, Hong Kong (1997).
  • Poe, Edgar Allan Tales of Mystery and Imagination Wordsworth Classics, UK (1993)

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